Three years later, he’s celebrating no hitter No. 2. And his Cubs jerseys are on the rise, too, trading their loser label for the top spot in the majors.
Arrieta allowed only six balls hit out of the infield on Thursday night while no hitting the Cincinnati Reds jerseys, 16 0, a gem as clean and as dominating as it gets. It was the first no hitter of the season in Major League Baseball and his second in 11 regular season starts he also stymied the Dodgers jerseys, 2 0, on Aug. 30 as the highlight of his Cy Young season.
And his Cubs jerseys have the best record in the majors at 12 4, which is their best start since 1970. They’re building on their wild card playoff appearance last season with an ace who is doing things that no one except him envisioned when Chicago got him in a trade with Baltimore midway through the 2013 season.
The Cubs wholesale baseball jerseys jerseys sent pitcher cheap Scott Feldman jersey and catcher Steve Clevenger to the Orioles jerseys for pitcher cheap Pedro Strop jersey, two international signing bonus slots, and Arrieta, who had a 5.46 career ERA.
“I envisioned pitching like this, even when I had a (5.46 ERA) in Baltimore,” Arrieta said. “I expected to get to this point at some point, regardless of how long it took or what I had to go through to get there.
“I had visualizations of throwing no hitters or throwing shutouts. So now it’s starting to happen for me. I don’t take any of it for granted.”
He’s on one of the best stretches of pitching in Cubs jerseys history.
Arrieta has won each of his first four starts, the first Cub to do that since Greg Maddux in 2006. And it goes much farther back.
He won the NL Cy Young by going 22 6 last season two more wins than he had during his four seasons with Baltimore. On Thursday night, he added to his club record with a 24th straight quality start he’s 19 1 with a 0.86 ERA since June 21.
In his last 16 regular season starts, he’s 15 0 with a 0.53 ERA, allowing only seven earned runs in 119 1/3 innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last 18 2/3 innings.
Arrieta is so good that his latest no hitter didn’t meet his usual standard for the first six innings. He walked three one more than he had in his three previous starts combined and threw 85 pitches. Manager Joe Maddon had decided to leave him out there as long as he was working on a no hitter.
“You never want to interfere with anybody’s greatness,” Maddon said.
He didn’t have to second guess himself. Sensing that another no hitter was possible, Arrieta bore down in the last three innings. He finished with six strikeouts and four walks. He finished it with cheap Eugenio Suarez jersey’s routine fly to right field on his 119th pitch as thousands of Cubs jerseys fans in the crowd of 16,497 cheered at Great American Ball Park.
“What can I say?” manager Joe Maddon said. “Man, it was spectacular.”
The Reds jerseys hadn’t been held hitless in a regular season game since 1971, when Rick Wise did it for Philadelphia at Riverfront Stadium.
In the 2010 NL playoffs, Roy Halladay of the Phillies jerseys pitched a no hitter against Cincinnati.
Arrieta joins several others who have thrown a pair of no hitters in the last decade. The 30 year old righty is on the list with cheap Max Scherzer jersey, cheap Justin Verlander jersey, Tim Lincecum and the Reds jerseys’ cheap Homer Bailey jersey, who threw the only other no hitter at Great American Ball Park on July 2, 2013, against the Giants jerseys.
The only other Cubs jerseys pitcher to throw a pair of no hitters since 1900 was Ken Holtzman, who did it in 1969 and 1971.
Overlooked was the Cubs jerseys’ big night at the plate, which included a pair of singles and a walk by Arrieta. cheap Kris Bryant jersey hit a two run homer and his third career grand slam, leading Chicago’s five homer barrage. cheap Anthony Rizzo jersey added a three run homer, and cheap Ben Zobrist jersey and catcher David Ross had solo shots.
The 39 year old catcher has announced it will be his final season.
He’d never been behind the plate for a no hitter. He wound up hugging Arrieta halfway between the plate and the mound after the final out. Afterward, he posed for photos with the pitcher.